The 2019 Vashon Island Strawberry Festival 

July 19, 20, & 21

 

2019 STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL APPLICATIONS

(Click to download a PDF)

Commercial Booth

Food Booth

Information Only Booth

Artist & Craft Booth

Vashon Artist & Craft Booth

Vashon Based Non-Profit Booth

Vashon Based Business and Island Youth Booth Applications are available, please call 206-463-6217 or Email discover@vashonchamber.com

 

2019 Vashon Island Strawberry Festival

Join us on Vashon Island as we celebrate 109 years of Strawberry Festival, a truly unique celebration for all ages and interests.

This fun-filled weekend features a grand parade, classic car parade, multiple music stages, vendor booths, Kids Zone, talented island artisans, and lively street dances. And that’s not all!  You can enjoy pancake breakfasts, a rockin’ beer garden, and an early morning fun run. Top it off with Vashon’s unofficial official mayoral race and you’ve now experienced Strawberry Festival like people have for over a hundred years!

Welcome to Vashon Island’s Strawberry Festival 2019. We can’t wait to see you.

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL HISTORY

July 2019 is being heralded as the 109th Strawberry Festival, BUT looking closely the matter is less clear than an Vashon Unofficial Mayor’s authority. Since people first congregated in tribes, festivals have been part of the landscape, usually in celebration of good things derived.  The settling of Vashon-Maury Island has been well documented, but very little is actually known about the festivals of our past.  However, we do know that festivals occurred throughout the 20th century, oftentimes on an individual island-area basis.
 
Today, we have an island-wide summer celebration called The Strawberry Festival. Growing strawberries was an early part of our island’s history, replacing the cleared timber...they grew rapidly, required minimal care, gave settlers a quick & easy yield, and by 1890 became a cash crop.

Festival Names timeline:

1901-08: Vashon Island Fair [more of a fair than a festival]

1909-40: Strawberry Festival

1946-49: Peach Festival

1950-53: Harvest Festival

1954-79: Vashon Island Festival

1980 - Present: Strawberry Festival

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS:

1912: Washington state represented by Governor’s wife, a city orchestra played, and boats brought visitors from Seattle and Tacoma.

1915: Dance held [gents paid .50 cents a dance].

1915: Vashon vs. Burton baseball game.

1918: VHS students decorated their bicycles for the parade.

1923: First festival queen crowned; she was 104 years old, and also attended the festivities in 1924.

1923: Formation of Vashon-Maury Island Historical Association.

1924: Record crowd of 2500!!

1926: Festival held at Ober Park instead of Ellisport.

1941-45: Canceled by WWll. [not much to celebrate].

1950: Car-window decals replaced buttons.

1960:-VHS band entered parade.

1977: Fire District 13 showed off their trucks.

1993: Entry of Vashon Thriftway Shopping Cart Drill Team.

2013: Sun Island Farms brought Vashon grown strawberries to Festival (they sold out within 2 hours)

2016: Friday Night Street Dances added to line up.

2018: Beer Garden served only locally produced product.

 

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Friday, July 19th

5 p.m. Vashon Hwy Closes for Festival set up

5:30 p.m. Local Beverage/Beer Garden opens at Vashon Village

6 p.m. Music at Beer Garden Starts and goes to Midnight.

7 p.m. Street Dance Starts at US Bank Stage

Saturday July 20th

7:00 AM: Sportsman's Club Pancake Breakfast: Vashon Market IGA parking lot (Click For Info)

7:30 a.m. Check in for Bill Burby Run starts at 16800 Vashon Highway. (Burby Website)

8:30 a.m. Festival Shuttle Service starts.

8:30 a.m. Bill Burby Runs start

10 a.m. Vendor Booths officially open along Vashon Highway

10:45 a.m. Kids Parade Starts at Methodist Church 17928 Vashon Hwy SW

11 a.m. Grand Parade Starts at south end of town and heads north past Ober Park.

Noon: The Beer Garden Opens with Music until midnight.

6 p.m. Swing Dance Lesson in front of Sporty’s

7 p.m. Shuttle Service Stops

7 p.m. The Portage Fill Street Dance Starts in front of Sporty’s

9 p.m. Street Dance starts at US Bank Stage

10 p.m. Results of the Unofficial Mayor Race announced at Beer Garden

Sunday July 21st
Festival Keeps going on Sunday starting at 10 AM and goes until 5 PM.

8 a.m. The Sportsmen’s Club Pancake Breakfast begins in the Vashon IGA parking lot

8 a.m. Registration for the Tom Stewart Classic Car Parade opens at the Vashon Center for the Arts Parking Lot

9 a.m. Shuttle Service Starts

10 a.m. Vendor Booths along Vashon Highway Open

10 a.m. Free Range Fun Zone at the Vashon Theatre Opens

11:45 a.m. Car Parade leaves VCA parking lot and drives into town.

NOON: Beer Garden Opens

5 p.m. Festival Closes

5:30 p.m. Shuttle Service Stops

8 p.m. Streets Open